Tessa works full time as a business analyst working for a financial services company.
Which young Scot inspires you?
There are various people in the improv comedy community who really impress me – they are carving out a life and a career for themselves in something which is hard to get momentum on in the uk and most of all in the process they are training and supporting further people to enjoy improve through workshops and shows.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Healthcare is great – free prescriptions and dental work not too expensive. I love that outdoor education is a big thing here. I think the young scot scheme is a really great inclusive and interesting scheme. Edinburgh is such a fun city – a nice combination of outdoor space and also city centre convenient activities
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
That there is more than one way to do education – I work in a professional job in financial services which many people would have thought impossible without a degree. I did an apprenticeship and training scheme and it has served me much better than uni. Uni is good for many but not for all!
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Moving up to Scotland to live with my partner is probably my biggest achievement – it was the first time I’ve really left home which was a big deal for me as I’ve had mental health challenges and it’s taken me a long time to be ready.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to perform in an improve comedy troupe at a high standard – I absolutely love the atmosphere and team work involved, its just wonderful and wordy and creative! I would like to work on my fitness and get outdoors more.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
There are many ways to succeed in life, as long as you are motivated and prepared to work hard, many things become possible. Sometimes you won’t get it right first time, that’s okay, just pick yourself back up and try something different!
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